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NDP MLA Osborne says support for driver training initiative on the way for Nuu-chah-nulth community

May 15, 2024 at 10:28 am  Politics, Provincial

PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says people in the Nuu-chah-nulth community will benefit from support for a local driver training initiative, thanks to another year of Vision Zero grants, that give funding to projects that help prevent serious injuries and deaths on the road.

“This pilot program will help support and empower young people in the Nuu-chah-nulth Youth Warrior Family Society,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “I’m pleased this funding is able to help this program run and serve the community.”

The Nuu-chah-nulth Youth Warrior Family Society is receiving $20,000 which will be used to run phase three of their Sacred Circles Driver Licensing Pilot program to support Indigenous people in rural and remote communities in getting their drivers licenses.

For the third year in a row, Vision Zero grants have been awarded to communities around British Columbia to improve road safety. A total of $866,657 has gone to 53 projects in 56 communities, including 22 projects in First Nations communities.

Projects include improved crosswalk infrastructure, traffic calming, speed limit reduction pilots, speed reader boards, improved lighting, road safety planning, and more.

Vision Zero is an international best practice in road safety. By adopting Vision Zero, the New Democrat government is working toward making roads in British Columbia safer for pedestrians, active transportation users and drivers. Making roads safer for all users also helps us tackle climate change, by encouraging lower carbon forms of transport, like walking, cycling, e-scooters, and e-bikes.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/30878

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